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Old April 30th, 2013, 10:16 AM   #1
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Default Infants on a boat

Who here has or would take their infant on a boat? According to the US Coast Guard the kid should be 18 pounds and fit an a PFD.


Has anyone used an infant PFD they liked?

This is just an 18' open bow used on small inland lakes like Orchard Lake or Cass Lake. It would be fun to take the whole family on the boat but if my infant son can't go my wife would have to stay behind while I take our daughter.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 11:41 AM   #2
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West Marine infant PFD worked well for us.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 11:51 AM   #3
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Just remember, "hot water burn baby"
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My son was on the water when he was just 3 weeks old. I see no harm in it
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I plan on taking ours this summer
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I looked at West marine and they have a couple PFD's. There is a local boat store in Keego Harbor I might check out to see if they have any and see how they fit.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 05:30 PM   #7
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I think we got one for our daughter at Wally World. She may have been over the 18 lbs mark though. Our biggest problem having her our on the water was keeping her out of the sun and cool.
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Our biggest problem having her our on the water was keeping her out of the sun and cool.
This is definitely an issue. There are several manufactures that incorporate neoprene, gel, and webbing into their infant and toddler jackets. They are more expensive, but certainly more comfortable and cooler than the nylon and foam ones. Also keep in mind that state law requires all children ages 6 and under to be in a type 1 or type 2 life jacket, it must be self righting and have the float pad attached for behind the head.
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I used one made by Body Glove for my son. Fit really well an keeps them cool in the sun..
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I bought the Neoprene one from Dick's, on sale for 35.00. IMO, it's great. I've read the nylon ones get real hot. I also found that these ones don't seem to be so bulky, and fit around the head better.
When we test fitted it for him in the store, I put it on him, and picked him up by the handle on the head float, and hung him on the wall. He didn't seem uncomfortable at all.
I have found that when he's in the water, since he is only like 14 pounds that it's slightly big for him, and the unless you unzip the top just a tad the corners poke him in the face. When in the boat, we keep it zipped up. I don't care if it pokes his face if he goes flying out, atleast he'll float.



This is my son (10 weeks, and his partner in crime, who is 5 months.



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Both of mine were boating at 3-6 months. Infant PFDs worked great.

In open bow, I used a large golf-style umbrella for shade. Had cuddy cabin for younger one. Cuddy cabin was great for shade and ability to have safe, secure napping area.
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I see more than one PFD in that picture.
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I bought the Neoprene one from Dick's, on sale for 35.00. IMO, it's great. I've read the nylon ones get real hot. I also found that these ones don't seem to be so bulky, and fit around the head better.
When we test fitted it for him in the store, I put it on him, and picked him up by the handle on the head float, and hung him on the wall. He didn't seem uncomfortable at all.
I have found that when he's in the water, since he is only like 14 pounds that it's slightly big for him, and the unless you unzip the top just a tad the corners poke him in the face. When in the boat, we keep it zipped up. I don't care if it pokes his face if he goes flying out, atleast he'll float.



This is my son (10 weeks, and his partner in crime, who is 5 months.


I felt safe using this type too when my daughter was little, worked great. The infectious lake water is what you should worry about...
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